Girls Inc. is excited to bring back Smart-Ups – a summer program for young girls currently in grades 3rd through 5th (who will be entering 4th – 6th grades in Summer 2019) that is sure to be a memorable and impactful summer for all participants. Smart-Ups is a place for young girls to learn leadership, economic literacy and business skills by creating their own mini-society and opening up their own business. Participants will learn about marketing, advertising, budgeting, confidence building, body positivity and more and will enjoy presentations by a variety of influential female entrepreneurs! The program begins on July 1 and runs 5 days per week from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with hands-on field trips held every Friday. The girls will gain exposure to a university setting as the program is hosted by Chapman University’s Argyros School of Business and Economics. The program concludes with a Business Showcase where the girls will present their business plans and products to investors. Business Showcase investors include Casco Contractors, BJ’s Restaurants, Inc., Kate Phelan, US Bank Private Wealth Management, Coca- Cola, WISE (Women Investing in Security Education, and Rutan and Tucker, LLP., just to name a few. Girls Inc. is a non-profit organization with the mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Working with young women in Kindergarten through high school, the organization equips girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers in a way that enables them to grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. Registration is now open, so reserve a spot today by visiting: https://www.girlsinc-oc.org/programs/girls-inc- smart-ups/. The cost of the program is $750 which includes a non-refundable $50 deposit. Scholarship options are available.